Why not make your Christmas different this year and add a sprinkle of science to your decorations. If you are like me, you like to make your own decorations, and even better have a theme!
As scientists, we need to break down the stigma associated with a career in science. By tackling the idea of ‘brainy’ and ‘highly organised’ people going into science, we can highlight the vast amount of opportunity in science, in and outside the lab.
Our activity titled “Decoding and Designing”, which was part of the Midlothian science festival, brought the concepts of Bioinformatics and Synthetic Biology to kids. Those are two abstract terms which sound difficult to comprehend and communicate.
‘AI will take over my job’; ‘It will end up like the terminator and end the world’; ‘It will outsmart the human race’; ‘If it makes a mistake it could be catastrophic’; ‘Can we really put that much trust into a machine?’.
There is a lot of negative association with AI, but is that because there often confusion about what artificial intelligence actually is, what it can do, and what it will be able to do in the future?